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The Hair of the Dog: the month of May spent down the pub!

30th May
May saw the grand opening of The Hair of the Dog, our virtual pub where 100% of proceeds help rescue dogs in need! Since we can no longer frequent our own local pubs, we wanted to bring all the joy of a pub garden to your very own homes - minus the beer!

In just a month of “trading”, The Hair of the Dog hosted happy hours, live Q&As, DJ takeovers, creative workshops and even a pub quiz…phew! Best of all, these virtual events have raised over £1,500, every penny of which will go directly towards our global rescue and rehoming projects, helping to end the suffering of stray dogs everywhere.

So without further ado, let’s catch you up…

The Hair of the Dog opened its doors with a series of live Happy Hours hosted by our fabulous ambassadors Karen Hauer, David Webb, Emily Hunt and Estee Lalonde, all of whom were of course joined by stars of the show, their gorgeous WAHF rescue dogs!

We received hundreds of questions from our community, which made for some rather interesting Happy Hours, including David and his pup Marley performing an acapella duet! Our wonderful hosts discussed everything from adopting to dealing with separation anxiety – an important topic given the current lockdown situation.

Speaking of Happy Hours, we ended the month with an extra special Friday evening spent with our very own Founder Nikki Tibbles, and incredible author Kate Spicer. The pair reflected on the first dog-loves of their lives and Nikki reminisced on the very beginnings of Wild at Heart Foundation – not one to miss! 

But if you did miss it, don’t fret, because all our Happy Hours and live Q&As have been saved to our IGTV!

But that’s not all The Hair of the Dog had to offer this month! We also welcomed some fantastic masterclasses, hosted by the fabulous Harry Mead, founder of The Court London, and Jennie Webb, founder of the wonderful Wild Life Drawing.

Harry welcomed us all to his ‘Quarantini’ cocktail-making masterclass, which was hosted over Instagram Live. His step-by-step tutorial showed us how to recreate all The Court’s delicious cocktails, including our very own ‘Wild at Heart’! Coinciding with #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, the award-winning illustrator Jennie Webb hosted a relaxed, friendly rescue-dog drawing class via Zoom (the place to be at the moment!) and what a fun afternoon it was! Jennie’s step-by-step guidance was spot on and meant that even us novices were able to bear some resemblance to our rescue models Maggie, Millie and Mishka. 

And for those who weren’t able to make the class, wonderful artists Freya and Jessica collaborated on some WAHF-inspired colouring pages – perfect for the whole family and undoubtedly worthy of the kitchen fridge! Click the links below to download your own…we’d love to see your masterpieces!

Believe in Dog in A4          WAHF Rescue in A4

Believe in Dog in A3          WAHF Rescue in A3

Another highlight from the month was our virtual pub quiz, hosted by football legend and long-time WAHF supporter Lee Dixon. Across the UK, thousands of us have been turning to the humble pub quiz in these strange, socially-distanced times so WAHF thought we’d get in on the action – and what a night it was! A huge thank you to everyone who took part, and of course to Lee for being a fabulous host as always!

We were even able to imagine ourselves in the fields of Glastonbury this month, with live DJ takeovers from the incredible talents of Harriet Rose and Nikki Beatnik

Harriet is not only a passionate advocate for all things dog, but her taste in music was spot on for welcoming in the bank holiday weekend – lockdown or not! 

We saw out the month with Nikki, who has not only DJ’d at some of the biggest festivals (we’re talking Glastonbury, Isle of Wight and Lovebox no less!) but has supported the Foundation at numerous events, lending her effortlessly cool vibes to getting everyone in the fundraising mood!

Phew, it was a busy month at The Hair of the Dog but all totally worth it, having raised over £1,500 for rescue dogs in need! Once again, we can’t thank our hosts enough for putting so much time and effort into these events and for coming together in such strange times. And of course another huge, heartfelt thank you to everyone who attended classes, tuned into our Live events and, most importantly, donated – lockdown has been difficult on charities, but undeniably less so with such an amazing community!

There’s more events already in the diary for June, so keep an eye out as we’ll be announcing these soon! 

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